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For the second time in two years, a Hawai‘i public high school graduate has been selected to receive one of only 11 scholarship grants nationwide awarded each year by the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures (NHCSL).

Sydney Millerd, who graduated this year at the top of her class of more than 500 students at Waipahu High School, received her scholarship grant yesterday from Hawai‘i Senator Michelle Kidani.

The Hispanic Caucus scholarships are presented to young men and women of Hispanic heritage who live in a district represented by a state lawmaker of Hispanic descent. Sydney’s home town is Waikele, a part of Senator Kidani’s District 18.

I was happy to be there to congratulate Sydney on her momentous achievement. I’m an active member of the National Hispanic Caucus, along with Senator Donovan Dela Cruz (left) and Senator Michelle Kidani (right), and we are proud of our Puerto Rican heritage.